New to CoTH, and looking forward to getting some thoughts/opinions on my current situation. I’m a pretty mid-level rider, a little rusty at the moment as I was 5 months out of work during Spring. This year I plan on buying my first horse.
I bet you all hear & answer questions like this all the time, but I’ll shoot you this one anyway. I’m fairly confident on horseback, and have a very quiet seat/hands. Over the years I’ve ridden in low/children’s hunters, jumpers, and have just come back to eventing. I’ve gone through two years of a half lease and a season of a full lease so I’m confident I know enough about horse care to get by. Riding ~8 years discounting childhood baby lessons.
The twist is, I told my trainer I was planning to start looking in September, and she works with OTTBs frequently. She has a couple at the barn right now that she suggested I try. The one I’m eyeing is only 3-4 months off the track and so still adjusting to her new job, and I’m wondering how you know when you’re ready to take on a ‘project’ or green horse.
I’ve ridden semi-greenies (my first lease was one, I shed a tear at his first flying change) but not like this. I’m kind of daring to be excited by the prospect, and I’m totally interested in the idea of teaching/learning at the same time. I assume by the time I purchase, if I do, I’ll be back in shape and ready to go. I’m a patient person and I’m in no rush to show so those parts of the equation add up.
SO. How do you know if you’re ready to take on a green/prospect horse? I know there’s no checklist, but I guess the part that makes me nervous is what if I’m not a good enough teacher? It sounds sillier on paper than in my head, but if you guys want to share your own stories with OTTB/green horses that you took on as an 20-something or an ammie, I’m keen to listen (er, read?) them.